By Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia, 24 May, 2016




8-9 JUNE 2016


With the inaugural Global Exhibitions Day (#GED16) just over two weeks away, the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia (EEAA) and its Members will mark this special occasion through a series of special events.


EEAA will bring the exhibition community together for the Annual General Meeting of the Association and will also be holding its popular Leaders Forum with the most senior industry leaders and stakeholders.


EEAA Chief Executive, Joyce DiMascio, said there was no better way to amplify the voice of the exhibition and event sector than to have two of the Association’s most important annual gatherings coinciding with Global Exhibitions Day.


“Global Exhibitions Day is an important day to raise awareness about the Power of Exhibitions – there is no better time to spread this message than when there is record investment in infrastructure and venues by Government around the country.” she said.


"Through the activities that EEAA and its Members have planned to mark Global Exhibitions Day, we will be part of the global effort to spread the message about our impact on trade, investment and the economy.


“The main event in our two-day Global Exhibitions Day Program is the EEAA 2016 Leaders Forum. We have a strong program designed to highlight new business opportunities, help enhance show security and mitigate risk, and take Australian exhibitions and events into the future.” she said.


New Chief Executive of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, James Pearson; will share the EEAA stage with Jonathan O’Dea, Parliamentary Secretary, Trade and Investment – Major Events and Tourism; Theo Psychogios, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics; and Paul Beeson, Chief Executive Officer, Perth Convention Bureau.


Other presenters will include Craig Sheridan, retired Commissioned Police Officer, NSW Police Force; Michael Park, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Australia; Penny Burke, Director, Essence Communications; and Gillian Minervini, Director, gill minervini creative.


The EEAA’s Global Exhibitions Day program of events is supported by key Members of the Association – International Convention Centre Sydney (ICC Sydney); Australian Technology Park Sydney; Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre; Food & Desire; Eventbrite; FABFrame; Agility Fairs and Events; AV24/7; and Quest Apartment Hotels have all backed the EEAA in delivering its inaugural exhibition day program.


Ms DiMascio said the EEAA Leaders Forum will focus on identifying new business opportunities in exhibitions by understanding the 2016 Federal election landscape and what this means for business, and highlighting new demographic growth and infrastructure corridors within Australia.


It will cover the current security climate – including cyber risk, incident preparation and response; and technology in events – getting the balance right between human interaction and technology driven solutions.


And it will look at the power of human interaction in converting sales, and the use of curation in developing successful shows – specifically, what can the exhibition industry learn from other events such as music festivals and major public events?


“We are honoured that our program is supported by the NSW Government and the peak council of Australian business organisations, the Australian Chamber, with both Jonathan O’Dea and James Pearson taking to the stage.” Ms DiMascio said.


“The EEAA Leaders Forum is set to be thought-provoking and will give our industry leaders an understanding of the current business climate and tools to apply in their businesses.


“We look forward to holding our events to mark the inaugural Global Exhibitions Day and we support our Members who have also planned to celebrate this special occasion including Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Australian Dental Industry Association; Australian Technology Park Sydney; Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre; Royal International Convention Centre Brisbane; Moreton Hire; and Reed Exhibitions Australia.”


The EEAA Leaders Forum is an annual meeting of the most senior leaders of the exhibition and event industry. This year, it will be held on 9 June 2016 at new Member Venue, Carousel at Albert Park. Registrations are open to both Members and Non-Members. Register here.



DAY 1 – EEAA Annual General Meeting

Date: 8 June 2016

Venue: Clarendon Rooms, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Time: 4.00pm – 5.00pm

Cost: Nil


EEAA AGM Networking Drinks

Venue: Clarendon Foyer, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Time: 5.00pm – 6.15pm

Cost: $88.00 incl gst


Global Exhibitions Day Oration

This public event is organised by MCEC.

Venue: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm

Cost: Nil

Register for the oration here.


DAY 2 – EEAA Leaders Forum and Dinner

Date: 9 June 2016

Venue: Carousel, Albert Park, Melbourne

Venue: Aerial, South Wharf, Melbourne

Time: 8.30am – 10.00pm

Cost: Member Package: $1,200.00 incl gst

Cost: Non-Member Package: $1,440.00 incl gst

(Package includes AGM Networking Event, Leaders Forum and Dinner)


BOOK NOW to attend EEAA’s Global Exhibitions Day events.



Source: Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia